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Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood under attack by Salafists

Published: 01/06/2013 04:13:00 PM GMT
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Alexandria: Egypt’s ultra-conservative “Salafist Call”has once again taken severe stance against Egypt’s ruling party, Muslim Brother, as itsprominent preachers believe that the party does not represent Islam at all and its policies are against the religion.

Alexandria: Egypt’s ultra-conservative “Salafist Call”has once again taken severe stance against Egypt’s ruling party, Muslim Brother, as itsprominent preachers believe that the party does not represent Islam at all and its policies are against the religion.

Speaking at a news conference held in the coastal city of Alexandria on Saturday, Yasser Borhami — Vice President of the Salafist Call — stated that “the Brotherhood does not represent Islam in any way,” citing the performance of the government.

The incumbent Cabinet is under the management of PremierHishamQandil, who — despite his constant denials — is believed to be loyal to the Brotherhood, having being appointed by President Mohamed Morsi who hails from the powerful group.

Borhami referred to the fact that the tourism ministry has recently extended the license of cabarets for three years amid a notable deterioration in the hospitality industry since the 2011 revolution.

Borhami believes that such a move blatantlycontradicts with the main goal of “freeing Jerusalem from Israeli occupation,” which the Brotherhood and its supporters have been recurrently calling for.

“The liberation of Jerusalem will not be achieved by slogans, but through real change that comes through a genuine will to implement the Shariah of Allah,”Borhami told the press conference.

Directing his speech to the Brotherhood, based on the widespread notion that the Brotherhood is real ruling body of Egypt, and not President Morsi, he said, “You extend the licenses of cabarets and then go on satellite channels to say ‘going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs?’”

Another leading Salafist Call figure, Ahmed Farid, echoed similar sentiments, reiterating the opposing stance of the Salafists on normalizing relations with Iran.

He said during the same conference, “They repeatedly say that the Prophet Mohammad is their role model, that the Quran is their constitution, and jihad is their way. But then they ally with Shia, the enemies of Islam.”

While the majority of Muslims are Sunni, Shia represents the second largest Islamic population. The camps have fundamental differences in their respective doctrines, which creates hostility between them.

Salafists have repeatedly voiced opposition to normalizing relations with Iran for fear it could lead to the growth of Shia Islam — the state religion of Iran — in Egypt where a Shia population barely exists.

Early in April, Prime Minister Qandilhad said that Iranian tourists are very keen to visit Egypt for religious reasons; for example, to visit the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Al-Hussain.

Farid stated, “Getting close to Iran is a betrayal of the state. Whoever does that is selling his religion for a bunch of dollars.”

“The Brotherhood said that [satisfying] Allah was their purpose, but by experience it turned out that to rule is their real goal,” he concluded.



Yasser Borhami, a Salafist scholar

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